The red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) is a common marsupial species found throughout most of Australia.
These kangaroos are Australia’s largest native mammal, weighing 40-190 pounds, with males being about twice the weight of females on average. Males have reddish fur, and females are usually more gray with pale yellow below.
The red kangaroo inhabits dry plains where they feed on grasses and flowering plants. They get much of their moisture from succulent herbs.
Red kangaroos breed year around. Males may compete for females by boxing to determinate who has access to females. After a gestation period of only 33 days, the female will give birth to a single joey that will remain on the mother’s pouch for 6.5 months, and may still supple until 1 year of age. At 20 months of age, red kangaroos are ready to breed.
The red kangaroos are listed as least concern by the IUCN. They are abundant with stable populations, and regulated hunting does not severely impact them.